Bumthang Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes Festival
Bhutan & Nepal, Discovery, 12 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €3,075 (land only) - from $3,540 (land only)
By: John Rainer, Jersey, UK
Brilliant - I was expecting Bhutan to be basic but it wasn't. I loved the country and would recommend it to anyone. The premium visa charge is worth every penny, particularly if you are a photography nut like I am. To be able to take photos at dzongs and monuments with no-one in the way was a akin to a religious experience given the horrors of mass tourism eveywhere else. I can't rate the local guides Sangay and Deepak highly enough. They were fantastic. They did their utmost to give us the best trip possible given the itinerary given to them. They deserve a medal. Deepak's driving was incredible on some seriously scary roads.